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The Location - Studio and PanYard

The PanYard is the space where the steel band rehearse, instruments are stored and tuned, and workshops take place.

Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO) started as a community project based at the Artist's Studios Open Hand Open Space in West Reading.

The move to Central Reading Youth Provision offered a space to host events and opportunities for more children and young people to learn to play steel pan music.

CultureMix then moved RASPO to the Abbey Gateway establishing business training and internships. Rehearsals and workshops followed at Watlington Hall, The Jelly Sound House and South Street Arts Centre before the move to Reading College.

Reading College Kings Road Reading RG1 4HJ UK

Reading College - 2016

CultureMix Arts partners with Reading College to launch Carnival of the World and become a Learning Company. More...

South Street Arts Centre Reading Berkshire

South Street Arts Centre - 2013-2016

RASPO moves to South Street Arts Centre, a performing arts venue located in the heart of Reading. More...

The Jelly Sound House and RASPO's PanYard previously Club Mannakoo

The Jelly Sound House - 2012-2013

Thanks to Jelly RASPO rehearsed at Club Mannakoo, an underground space opposite Reading Railway Station. More...

Watlington House Reading

Watlington Hall - 2010-2012

For two years RASPO rehearsed at Watlington Hall, based in the gardens of Grade II listed building Watlington House. More...

Abbey Gateway

The Abbey Gateway - 2005-2010

CultureMix moved RASPO to the The Abbey Gateway in 2005. The Grade I listed building provided offices and studios until early 2010. More...

Central Club Reading Berkshire

Central Club - 1999-2005

Reading Central Youth Provision also known as Central Club hosted RASPO in the early days when the band started to form its own identity. More...

Open Hand Open Space Reading

Open Hand Open Space - 1997-1998

OHOS provided the launch venue for the 'Mas Camp' and 'PanYard' project from which Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra evolved. More...

RASPO at Abbey Gateway

RASPO Poster

Wherever RASPO is based players remain dedicated and determined to maintain the quality of their repertoire.

The Keep in West Reading, Central Club, the Abbey Gateway, Watlington Hall, the Jelly Sound House at Club Mannakoo, and South Street Arts Centre have all provided much needed rehearsal space and storage for RASPO.

CultureMix Arts at Reading College

Kinetika flag workshop at Reading College for CultureMix Carnival of the World July 2016

CultureMix offers all the Carnival arts at Reading College including mas, music, dance and design alongside business studies and creative industry work experience.

Image above shows a Carnival of the World flag making workshop with Kinetika in the fashion studios at Reading College.